Families told to book holidays in advance
26 January 2009 08:35
Parents looking to reduce the costs of taking their family on holiday have been advised to plan well in advance to get the cheapest deals.
Ian Bradley, spokesperson for the Association of Independent Tour Operators, believes that by booking in advance, families will be able to cut the costs of expensive summer holidays, brought on by the children being off school.
He said: "One thing is to plan well in advance if you can, don't leave it as late as possible...If you are thinking of going on holiday next year start thinking about it now."
Mr Bradley added booking in advance also allows the time to appropriately budget for a break.
"The last minute market at the moment is pretty quiet and the trend that I have seen from AITO members is that future bookings are looking very healthy because people are booking well in advance and budgeting accordingly to pay for these trips" he continued.
Organised holidaymakers who do manage to book their holidays in advance are also advised to book travel insurance in case a flight is delayed or any luggage is lost.
According to over half of the respondents in the 2008 ebookers Travel Opinion Report, holidays are either important or an absolute luxury.